Soft wash is a term used for a cleaning method that uses low pressure and environmentally friendly detergents to clean the surface of a structure. This method is often used on exterior surfaces such as houses, buildings, and bridges. Soft washing is said to be more effective than other traditional methods such as pressure washing because it does not cause any damage to the surface and it is less likely to remove the protective layer of paint or sealant.
On the exterior of your home, this method can clean the brickwork, molding, windowsills, roofing surfaces, decks, and even concrete. It gets rid of dirt and stains caused by fungus, algae, or lichen which are known to be difficult to remove through pressure washing.
Soft washing does not just involve using water mixed with detergent to clean off surface grime. The process also involves coating the structure with an anti-bacterial coat after it is washed which helps decrease bacteria living on the surface of the house. This will help prevent future mold growth if you choose to use a soft wash instead of pressure washing because it only removes the “gross” stuff — but does not kill any bacteria that may have accumulated underneath all that dirt and grime.
Antibacterial coatings are known to protect the surface from biological contaminants that can cause deterioration, discoloration, or staining of the brickwork, window frames, and corbels. It also protects against salts accumulated by de-icing practices during winter months, which may lead to spalling (flaking) and corrosion of masonry surfaces.
Soft washing provides thorough cleaning for your home without having to resort to more harmful products such as chemical cleaners or excess pressure on exterior walls which can cause damage that cannot be seen immediately but will eventually show in a short period of time after it has been cleaned with traditional methods. The process is done with low-pressure water mixed with soap so there is no risk of having the pressure too high when trying to clean any surface.
It is important that the soft wash detergents are biodegradable for environmental purposes but it should also have an antimicrobial effect to prevent future mold growth on your home’s exterior. Ask your cleaning company which protocols they use and how often they suggest performing this method of cleaning before you take them up on their offer.
Engaging a soft washing company will help ease the load on your exterior surfaces caused by tree leaves, bird poop, or rainwater which are known to be difficult stains to remove.
Soft washing is a great alternative to pressure washing for exterior home cleaning because it uses biodegradable detergents and helps maintain the protective layer of any paint or sealant on the surface. With soft washing, you can rest assured that your house will be free from fungus, algae, lichen, and other contaminants that would otherwise be impossible to remove without high-pressure water.
Soft washing should always be performed when there isn’t rain in the forecast within 24 hours so accumulated moisture does not damage the surface of the brickwork. The process needs to be applied when there is no risk of frost in colder climates which can cause damage before it has had time to dry and harden.
It is important for homeowners in these areas to know the importance of hiring a professional to clean their brickwork or other exterior surfaces. You can do so by checking for recommendations from friends, family, or neighbors who have had this method done before. If you are in an area where there aren’t many people using soft washing methods, then your best bet is to ask for proof of insurance and proper licensing prior to engaging any cleaning company in your household.
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